Monday, 20 August 2018

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Symposium Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteers to support the 2018 Virginia EMS Symposium that will be held in Norfolk November 7 - 13, 2016.

The symposium has been held in Norfolk for the last 29 years.  Norfolk has hosted this event 29 of the 39 years it has been held.  The support provided by Norfolk Fire – Rescue and their Regional Partners has helped make it one of the premier EMS training conferences on the east coast.

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2018 Fall Cycle of the RSAF Grant Program Opens August 1st

The financial assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations. The current cycle application period is open from August 1 to September 17, 2018. The Tidewater EMS Council is available to assist agencies with developing or reviewing their application prior to submission.

Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, power loading systems, communications equipment, computers, audio/visual and training equipment, EMS management programs, innovative projects and various courses/classes and projects benefiting recruitment and retention of EMS members/providers. Vendor quotes for requested items must be provided as part of the application for funding. For complete information on eligible funding, the electronic application and instructions visit

Read more: 2018 Fall Cycle of the RSAF Grant Program Opens August 1st

Registration Now Open!

oems logoThe 39th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium November 7-11, 2018 Norfolk Waterside Marriott ~ Norfolk, Va.   

Registration is now open for one of the largest EMS training events in the country, the 2018 Virginia EMS Symposium, offering more than 380 courses and 13-course tracks to help fulfill your continuing education needs. These courses are also applicable for nurses and physicians

Read more: Registration Now Open!

CHKD Level 1 Trauma Designation Update

The Virginia Department of Health office of EMS completed its final review of CHKD’s trauma services on July 24, 2018. The review team consisted of six surveyors who met with staff, physicians, and leadership of various departments. The team reviewed patient charts, trauma policies, guidelines, and performance improvement processes for trauma services. The surveyors were impressed by the improvements made in our trauma readiness, prompt patient assessment, stabilization of injured patients, and emergency operations. Throughout their visit, all CHKD staff demonstrated their commitment to providing quality trauma care for our pediatric patients and families. 

The review team will now finalize their report to send to the commissioner of health for consideration to designate CHKD as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center. This process will take approximately 30-60 days.

Safety Alert - Epi

SAFETY ALERT- Epinephrine Labeling Changes- Removal of Ratios (no change in the drug product, just labeling)
This is a reminder of a change that was made in June of 2017 but is beginning to be seen in the field now.
Please remind your providers that this change has occurred. 

Read more: Safety Alert - Epi

Upcoming Events

Education and Training Committee Meeting
Wed Aug 22 @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Office Closed - Labor Day
Mon Sep 03 @12:00AM
Cardiac Grand Rounds
Tue Sep 11 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
OMD Committee Meeting
Tue Sep 11 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Patient & Provider Safety PI Meeting
Thu Sep 13 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Trauma/Triage PI Meeting
Thu Sep 13 @ 2:30PM - 03:30PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Thu Sep 13 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Education and Training Committee Meeting
Wed Sep 19 @ 9:30AM - 11:30PM
TEMS Quarterly Drug/IV Box Inventory
Wed Sep 19 @ 4:30PM - 04:31PM
Office Closed - Columbus Day
Mon Oct 08 @12:00AM

Upcoming Classes

Wed Aug 22 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Thu Aug 23 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
Sat Sep 08 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
Sun Sep 09 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Cardiac Grand Rounds
Tue Sep 11 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
National Registry EMT Course
Wed Sep 12 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Consolidated Testing @ EVMS 09/29/2018
Sat Sep 29 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support
Sun Sep 30 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Tue Oct 23 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Wed Oct 24 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
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